stand to (attention)

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stand to (attention)

1. To be or become ready for an attack. We were all told to stand to after receiving word that the enemy was preparing to launch an offensive just before dawn.
2. To quickly assume military attention. You become trained to stand to attention when a superior officer enters the room. I quickly stood to, but the general told me to be at ease.
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stand to

v.
To take up positions for military action: Upon hearing gunfire, the soldiers stood to.
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Every now and again a jewellery brand comes along that makes us stand to attention. Essentia specialises in delicate pieces, including gold and silver necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.
SILVER ARROW NECKLACE, Every now and again a jewellery brand comes along that makes us stand to attention. Essentia specialise in delicate pieces, including gold and silver necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.
STAND to attention as one of Britain's bestloved sitcoms has been recreated as a feature-length film.
Snoops, when you come into the Orderly Room stand to attention and don't get into such a flap.
Such is the stand to attention approach (or so it seems) of the 'Rural Protection of Wales' brigade.
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Stand To Attention gave Deegan the biggest day of his career 12 months ago when landing tomorrow's valuable sales at Fairyhouse.
We get a ride, it's really great We are placed together by the door And stand to attention like before 'I now have a friend' Willie cried We have done it right, side by side - good night Neville!
Stand to attention because soldier chic has returned to the fashion frontline once again this winter.
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HISTORY LESSON: Leah Vose, Chanel Pilkington, Aaron Finch and Jordan Darbyshire stand to attention, while Lewis Ryder, right, and Jordan, left, try on some World War Two headgear
Around 300 elderly ex-servicemen in their famous bright red tunics and gold-edged black tricorn hats braved the blazing midday sun to stand to attention for the royal couple.
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